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Dirty Harry: Former Harry’s Bar COO Charged for Lying to Hire Foreigners

The Manpower Ministry has hauled former Chief Operating Officer of bar chain Harry’s International to court over hiring indiscretions.

Parmjit Singh Kaur is accused of instructing her foreign staff to declare their fixed monthly salaries as $3100 in order to meet the minimum income requirement of S$3000 for Employment Pass applications.

The Singaporean is alleged to have known that the foreign staff would be paid less than that amount.

Kaur is facing 20 counts making false declarations of salary to the Controller of Work Passes.

This is said to have taken place from April to September 2013.

If convicted under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, she could be fined up to $20,000 and jailed for up to 2 years.

The MOM is currently investigating 95 employers for making false declarations regarding work pass applications for 241 foreign workers.

Last year, 8 franchisees of the 7-11 convenience store chain were fined for making false declarations.

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  1. Paul

    November 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I think I speak for all when I say this, Singaporean workers won’t mind (and will have nothing to say) if foreigners who are hired for jobs rejected by Singaporeans are paid the same salary an E-Pass applicant would normally be paid.
    It’s when employers try to exploit desperate foreign employees knowing full well they’d willingly settle for half or one third the salary they should be paid on a E-Pass application, with no checks or regulation whatsoever by the Ministry, that’s when fair wages in the job market gets out of control..
    This has been left unchecked for far too long that the job market wage structure is now in a mess much to the peril of workers, both Singaporean and foreigner. The Ministry of Manpower through inaction and indifference for the longest time has failed in their duties, much to the benefit of exploitative employers.
    And now under a new Minister, the MOM is trying to clean this mess up. What’s is it that the previous Manpower Minister could have done but didn’t? What happened to their million dollar foresight they often pride themselves of?
    How many locals that should have been paid a fair wage but wasn’t. How many foreign workers have been exploited and made to work long hours without overtime pay or with no off days, on a meager salary?
    It’s evident the former Manpower Minsiter and his Ministry has been sleeping without a care for this labour mess to have manifested.
    Too little too late, I’d say.

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